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DeKalb Medical Receives Gift That Keeps on Giving

October 02, 2012

Decatur, GA -- The DeKalb Medical Foundation is pleased to announce that, through a generous donation from philanthropist Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey, the largest individual donor in the Foundation’s history, DeKalb Medical has installed a powerful new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine for both inpatient and outpatient use at the North Decatur campus. The Siemens MAGNETOM Spectra 3 Tesla (3T) Skyra MRI is the most powerful open MRI machine clinically available. “With Dr. Bailey’s continued support, acquiring the latest equipment keeps us on the forefront of medical imaging. We want to be ahead of the curve in providing quality care to our patients, and with this Skyra 3T scanner, we will be for quite a while,” said Dr. Gordon Hixson, radiologist, DeKalb Medical.

Patients and physicians at DeKalb Medical at North Decatur benefit from the use of the Skyra 3T MRI scanner because it combines the most powerful magnet clinically available with “open MRI” design. This translates to:

  • More Confidence: Clearer, highly-detailed and double the number of images, providing a more confident diagnosis
  • Faster Exams: Exclusive Tim 4G and Dot technology provides fast, personalized scans tailored to a patient’s specific needs and better positioning
  • Patient Friendly: Open design means improved comfort especially for patients who may become claustrophobic; weight capacity accommodates patients up to 450 lbs
  • Environmentally Conscious: Consumes less energy than other 3T scanners

“Dr. Bailey’s gift will benefit thousands of people in our community. We are so grateful for her support throughout the years. Her donations have funded cutting-edge technology including a PET/CT scanner, the daVinci Robotic Surgical System and now the 3T MRI that our physicians and healthcare teams utilize to deliver the latest, state-of-the-art medical treatment to our patients,” said Leigh Minter, executive director, DeKalb Medical Foundation.

“This machine helps us diagnose a wide range of conditions, ranging from sprains and fractures to highly detailed breast tissue scans that allow us to detect cancer early as well as high-resolution brain imaging we use in evaluating neurologic conditions,” added Dr. Hixson. For more information about the MAGNETOM visit http://press.siemens.us/index.php?s=43&item=1541.

About DeKalb Medical

With more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb Medical combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat our patients. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, the DeKalb Medical system has been growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs for 50 years.

The 627-bed not-for-profit health system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds) and the DeKalb Medical Physicians Group. Committed to pushing beyond to excel in patient satisfaction and service, our quality is reflected in many clinical excellence awards throughout our three-hospital system including recently ranking in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by HealthGrades® (2011).

About the DeKalb Medical Foundation

The DeKalb Medical Foundation is comprised of members of the community along with DeKalb Medical employees, physicians and DeKalb Medical board members volunteer their time to improve the availability and quality of healthcare in the community.

More than 110 volunteers serve as board members, committee members and special events volunteers. By donating their time, these volunteers ensure that the charitable gifts raised by the DeKalb Medical Foundation are used to provide services to the DeKalb County community. Volunteers are also donors who believe that the Foundation’s mission deserves their time and their charitable gifts. To learn more visit www.dekalbmedical.org/foundation.

Media Contact:

Tori Vogt MBA, 404.501.2885, tori.vogt@dekalbmedical.org

2701 North Decatur Road Decatur, GA 30033
Patient Inquiries: 404.501.5200

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